Message from the Vice-Chancellor
Choosing what subject to study and where to spend your formative years as a university student can be life changing.
The decisions you make now will shape your future path in life and as you consider your options, I am delighted that you are taking a closer look at what Aberystwyth University has to offer.
In making your decision, my advice would be firstly to choose the course that is best for you. Choose a course that challenges your curiosity and takes you to where you want to go next in life. Whatever subject you choose, I can say with confidence that your studies at Aberystwyth will be delivered in a supportive environment by a team of excellent staff.
Aberystwyth is not a big, faceless university. We know our students and our students know us. We are committed to providing high standards of teaching, assessment and feedback, backed up a robust personal tutor system. Our rigorous approach was recognised in the Gold award we received in the 2018 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). We are also the University of the Year for Teaching Quality in The Times | Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, with the Editor commenting that Aberystwyth “has secured some of the most remarkable scores in the UK from students for the quality of teaching it offers”.
We place an emphasis here on research-led teaching. Our lecturers include academics who are leaders in their field of study and who will share with you the latest thinking and discoveries in their subject area. From developing Miscanthus bioenergy crops to medieval history, strategic studies and space exploration, this University’s research spans the arts, sciences and social sciences. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 95% of research submitted by our academics was considered world-class and we continue to build on our historic strengths as well as explore new frontiers of knowledge and understanding.
Alongside developing your discipline-specific knowledge and critical thinking, our courses also aim to equip you with the life skills you will need for your career after graduation. Embedding employability across our programmes is a key strategic objective, as reflected in the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey which showed that 97% of Aberystwyth graduates were in work or further study within six months of graduating in 2017.
Aberystwyth is known too for the all-round quality of its student experience. In the 2018 National Student Survey, for example, we scored an impressive 90% for overall student satisfaction - one of the top scores among UK higher education institutions and the best in Wales. We are also one of the top 4 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction according to the Times Higher Education (2018). Our unique location between the coast of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains is, in my opinion, one of the many reasons why we have such contented learners.
As an Aber student, you will be living in a diverse and welcoming community in a historic seaside market town with a cosmopolitan Welsh culture. We are a campus university with an active Students’ Union, which runs more than 150 clubs and societies. We have our own Sports Centre with a swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, wellbeing and fitness classes. Our on-site Arts Centre is one of the largest in the UK and we’re just a stone’s throw from the National Library of Wales, one of only five copyright libraries in the UK.
If you’ve never been here, come along to one of our Open Days so that you can see the place for yourself and meet some of the staff who’ll be your mentors and guides on your pathway to your degree. In the meantime, browse our website to find out more.
Professor Elizabeth Treasure